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Poster: turnphilup Date: Feb 11, 2011 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH...............

Some serious melding of like minds occurred 41 years ago tonight at the Fillmore east. Pay homage to them all and give it a little listen. God-damn, Phil and Barry on the same freaking stage! Duane and Jerry !! Peace.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-02-11.sbd.warner.patched.28292.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 11, 2011 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH...............

"During our set, we're tiptoeing through a quiet part of "Dark Star" when Duane Allman comes onstage and plugs in. I'm fixated on the fingers of my left hand, so I dont see him at first. Jerry plays a minimal version of the melody in place of a sung verse, and the first notes of Duane's slide guitar creep out of his speakers. I look over, startled: Jerry, that prankster, hadn't told me that he'd invited anybody to sit in. Duane a lanky towhead with a walrus mustache, is a little tentative at first, but soon gains confidence and begins adding thoughts to the flow. The music grows - and falls back into a very sparce, quiet space. Jerry takes the music into the minor tonic, and the thread becomes more and more tenuous as the dynamic remains quiet. Peter Green from the Mac plugs in just as I'm pulling the music into the dominant minor, both he and Duane seem to feel more comfortable in this space. Peter even starts to take the music into a "Smokestack Lightnin'" groove. Jerry, as deferential as ever to honored guests, steps back into a rhythm role and lets the newcomers wail. Duane steps up with some tonally ambiguous slide, while Peter and Bobby crunch away at the rhythm, aided by Jerry. The drummers and I pump up the groove a little higher, and Jerry and Duane trade a few rippin' licks. The dynamic is still fairly quiet.

Bob, meanwhile, has been hinting at a different direction - simply by playing one extra chord, he takes us into a full-blown "Spanish Jam," a four-bar pattern we'd borrowed from Miles Davis/Gil Evans album Sketches of Spain, while Jerry and Duane continue to converse. Gregg Allman slides onto the organ bench and lays down some sustained notes, and then some rapid figurations. The dynamic builds, then quiets; Duane and Gregg trade some figures. Butch Trucks joins on drums, as Mickey attacks his giant gong, unleashing waves of colored noise. Duane leaps in with a slashing, brassy figure that evokes the blues. Gregg answers, and the dynamic grows louder. Bob is thrashing away for all he's worth. By this time we have a hybrid meta-band onstage, lacking only one element - Pigpen.

Peter plays a huge climactic passage, and underneath the ending of his phrase, Bob and I slyly insert the opening riff of "Lovelight." Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan, the other Mac guitarist, find room to join in the festivities. We sail into the vocal at a steaming tempo. From here on out it's a coherent free-for-all, with five guitarists, four drummers, organ, and - Pigpen roaring over it all. We go through the two verses of the song itself at least three times. Gregg takes a verse, sounding like a fifty-year-old black man even then. The band breaks down, and it's Peter and the drums, with interjections from everyone. The chord pattern changes slightly; Pig and Gregg trade vocal licks, while the guitars lament behind them. Pig takes it out and back, calling for the band to "wait a minute!" and telling his story. His lover got "boxback nitties and great big noble thighs" and "wriggles like pigs fightin' in a sack."

Berry Oakley, from the brothers, takes over on bass about halfway through. I just want to listen to this for a while, I tell him, as he plugs into my amp. The "Smokestack Lightnin'" theme returns, and the band amalgamates it into the "Lovelight" pattern. My mind starts to stretch out of shape. Everyone on stage is flat-out wailing. Danny, Duane, and Gregg take it into the closing fanfare, but Pig isn't quite done yet, exhorting everyone to "take yo' hands outa yo' pockets." The music builds to a crashing finish, and Bobby jumps to the mike and rounds it off: "From all of us to all of you, thanks and good night."

The audience slowly files out as the musicians gather behind the amp line, congratulating one another and reveling in the glory of it all. Someone opens the loading dock door behind the stage. I walk outside - it's daylight, and snow is falling gently on the streets of New York. The other musicians straggle out. We stand there, our breath steaming, and look east down the crosstown side street. A distended orange sun is rising between the buildings, casting lurid shadows in the fresh snow. I grab Bob and Jerry in a group embrace; This is what it's all about."
Phil Lesh - Searching for the Sound

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 11, 2011 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH...............

Can't sum this one up better than Phil Lesh himself. Possibly my favorite Spanish Jam ever...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 12, 2011 1:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH...............

Just listened to this show the other day. I saw a documentary last friday night on BBC4. Every friday night they have music based programming, usually followed by a concert or BBC footage from tv appearances, or proper concert movie releases, etc. Last week's program was about Fleetwood Mac, and a couple days later, a buddy of mine and me were talking about Peter Green, that lead me to look up this show for another spin. You'd maybe not be surprised how many of these rocumentaries have a segment where the subject talks about their experience when they crossed paths with the Grateful Dead, or the San Francisco influence. And a couple times I've seen interviews with Bob, Mickey or someone about their recollections with the subject. This 2-11-70 show is just wonderful. Phil's book was a great read and it's nice to read an excerpt like this now and then, where he recalls a particular show. I'll have to give that book another read sometime soon, but I have a couple other ones I want to get back to as well, when there's ever time.... What a Long Strange Trip It's Been, by Dennis McNally; and Garcia, by the editors of Rolling Stone. I also listened to 2-11-69 cd a few weeks ago. Reason for that was thinking about the Little Red Riding Hood story, of all things, and I love the cover of the cd with the Big Bad Wolf character coming out of the Fillmore!

But back to the music, sort-of related to that great 1970 show, I saw Ratdog in the August, 2008 play at Greatwoods, in Mansfield, MA (or comcast ctr ) They were touring with the Allman Brothers Band, and it was a great memory for me when the full moon was rising up just to the side of the venue, peeking out between clouds after a very nice New England summer day. Derek Trucks came out and joined Ratdog to play Dark Star, verse 2. They later played Dear Prudence and Dark Star reprise. It was just at the start of Dark Star, when I realized that was the moment I was waiting for to Spark the Jibba - the one joint I brought for the evening. Or maybe the full moon was rising when Dear Prudence started, what I do remember was, it was one of those moments, for me- And my Brother-in-law. Just at the start of the show, I told him if they played Dark Star, I'd give him my Steal Your Face baseball hat. I put it on his head and he wore it the whole night, but when the show was over, he gave it back to me. There is a nice version of that show on the Archive.

Just learning how to post here, I'll try to put a link. Maybe if I copy and paste?

http://www.archive.org/details/rd2008-08-16.earthworks.flac16f

looks like it's there to me

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 11, 2011 8:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH...............

:-) :-) :-)

And the year before, 2/11/69 is just SO good. Not on the archives, but it's Live at the Fillmore East.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Feb 12, 2011 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH...............

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-02-11.partial-late.aud.reynolds.gadsden.99052.flac16
great but partial aud, uncut dark star, fantastic sj and incomparable rendition of lovelight

tremendous, earthshaking show

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Feb 12, 2011 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH...............

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